Letters to the editor

Complainers

EUGENE MOORE McElhattan I’ve been listening to Talkback on WNEP Channel 16. I would like to say people who complain a lot are full of hot air. I came to believe people who like to complain. But I’ve since learned that there must be something in the air they breathe or water they ...

No reason to expect change

REBECCA MCLAUGHLIN Williamsport As of Dec. 14, 2017, it’s been 547 days since U.S. Rep. Tom Marino had a public meeting. In 547 days, the congressman has twice been picked as Trump’s drug czar and twice had to decline the position after embarrassing facts were circulated about him. ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. Lock Haven Cub Scout Pack 66, Woolrich Troop 66 and Venturing Crew #1701 would like to THANK the Durty Dabbers Motorcycle Club for inviting us to sell food as a ...

Morality

PHIL UNDERWOOD Montoursville Not too long ago, the behavioral standards of our society were largely governed by conventional traditions, customs and moral values. From early on, boys were taught to respect girls and women. Everyone was expected to respect their elders and those in a ...

Immigration

DOLORES JOHNSON Williamsport On a recent night my husband and I went to our favorite restaurant, Ichiban on the Golden Strip. The people there are almost all from other countries. When I go there, they greet me with respect and kindness. The food is phenomenal, but that is not what ...

GOP government of the powerful

CHRISTOPHER VAN STAVOREN Montoursville Tax (as a verb): A strain or heavy demand. The additional greed of the Uber wealthy 1 percent class, and the politicians they have rented, have increasingly taxed working class families. The Republican tax scheme that is being rammed through ...

Three kinds

GEORGE POLYCRANOS Port Matilda Allow me to paraphrase the famous Mark Twain with a slight twist: “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and Republican talking points.” Anyone who actually believes U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, and President Donald ...

Tax facts

MIKE KERSTETTER Watsontown A lot of people are complaining that the rich are the real beneficiaries of the proposed tax cuts. It stands to reason that the more you make, the more you would save with a tax cut. But here are some numbers from Business Insider: Under current law, the tax ...

Unwise and impractical

DAVID BROSS Cogan Station A return to decentralized government and less regulation is very appealing. Those of us of a certain age fondly remember when times were simpler. Unfortunately, increased mobility and higher standards of modern living make such a return unwise and ...

Ripley’s believe it or not

WELDON C. COHICK JR. Linden It seems as though, after reading headlines in the newspapers lately, it is more like reading “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.” These headlines are very disturbing. Here are a few examples: State officials will see a pay raise in 2018 and the chief justice ...

It’s a ploy

RICHARD PARKER Duncansville Regarding the right for government reform: State Sen. John Eichelberger and Jessica Barnett with The Commonwealth Foundation apparently think they should be able to control the paychecks of state employees. I thought that once money was in a paycheck, it ...

Misleading statistics

GREG STARR Williamsport Several syndicated columnists and a recent letter to the editor regularly mention a statistic published by the Non-Partisan Tax Policy Center stating that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. It was initially made famous by Mitt Romney when he ran for president ...

Tax cut

HARLAN BERGER McElhattan For those patriots who do not want the forthcoming federal tax cut, there is a simple solution. Do not take it. Send the money to the IRS marked “payment on the national debt.” This sacrifice should hearten you gentlefolk who stood by the last eight ...

Gratitude

ROSE REEDER Lock Haven Last Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, our Fair District Pa. Team held a press conference to celebrate Clinton County, our county commissioners, and our municipal leaders. Our leaders joined together in 100 percent agreement when our Commissioners and our municipal leaders ...

Grandparents breakfast

C. BURT FRANCIS Jersey Shore On Monday, I attended breakfast with my grandson Gage Wentzel at the Salladasburg Elementary School. There were 350 family members there to support their children. I also understand that Avis Elementary School put on the same event with the same large ...

Deaf government

GLENDA HEYD Montoursville I watch the news daily, and various sources. I read widely and note with growing and uncomprehending alarm the fact that our elected and appointed representative are in their own world. No, I did not just realize this, but I fear it has reached a new high. ...

We need Net Neutrality

MICHAEL HEYD Montoursville Do you want your Internet to be priced like your cable subscription? If not, you want Net Neutrality. One of the organizers of Hamburg, Germany’s, successful campaign to return control of their power grid to the city in 2013 said, “For the public, it’s ...

Applause, Applause!

Each Saturday, The Express community newspaper highlights people, groups and activities our readers deem worthy of applause. Downtown Lock Haven, Inc. extends a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who made Haven Holidays a joyous occasion! Special thanks to train engineer Terry Banfill for ...

Term limits

EUGENE MOORE McElhattan In regarding to the letter, “Pay raise,” on Dec. 1 written by Vicki Munz, I agree with you 100 percent that our state leaders are more crooked than the road to Renovo. In my own opinion, people in state government don’t need a pay raise. Also, I would ...

Disgusting wireless phones

WELDON C. COHICK JR. Linden On behalf of all the senior citizens whom I know - and I am one of them - I wish to express not only my own opinion, but for many others who are having their retirement years changed from being pleasant to misery. These telemarketers know the average person ...